Serbian Bishop Amfilohije accused of hate speech, urged to apologize to gays

Belgrade, March 5, 2011

Bishop Amfilohije of Montenegro and Litoral has been told by a Serbian human rights official that he must publicly apologize for the anti-gay remarks he made after last year's pride march that erupted in violence, according to a news wire from Associated Press.

Commissioner for Equality Nevena Petrusic says Bishop Amfilohije violated Serbia's anti-discrimination laws when he criticized the gay population in a speech.

Amfilohije called the gays "stench and poison littering capital Belgrade" and said that they themselves were culpable for the clashes which broke out when protesters attacked police securing the Oct. 10 pride event, Serbia's first in years. The majority of Serbs have a conservative view of homosexuals, and resent their intrusion upon Serbian society.

Petrusic has urged Amfilohije to meet with the gay activists. The bishop could face legal action if he does not obey.

There was no immediate comment from Amfilohije or the Serbian Orthodoxy Church Saturday.

6 марта 2011 г.

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